LITTLE MIX star Jade Thirwall has become a shareholder in her hometown side South Shields.

The pop star, 27, became honorary president of South Shields FC in August.


And she is one of 750 new shareholders as the club moves towards fan ownership.

Supporters have so far purchased £280,000 worth of shares in the side, exceeding the initial £250,000 target for the first round of investment.

The team contest the Northern Premier League Premier Division in the seventh tier of the football pyramid.

All funds will be reinvested in the club – which is on the outskirts of Newcastle – and the money will help keep the side sustainable and aid their progress through the leagues.

Chairman Geoff Thompson was delighted with Jade – who is reportedly worth over £7million – and her passion for her local side.

He said: "We are thrilled with the response we've had to our investment round. To hit our initial target so early was something which filled us with so much pride and optimism for the future.

"It's hugely exciting that more than 750 people have shown their support to us in this way and for Jade to be one of them is just another example to show how committed such a global superstar is to not just the club, but her hometown.

"We will continue to welcome new shareholders until the campaign ends on November 28 so any supporter or potential investor who is interested still has some time yet.

"I'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has invested so far."

Shares start at £12.50 and anyone who buys two or more receives a personalised certificate.

Bumper investors are being gifted items such as shirts, scarves, hospitality tickets or even a place on the board of directors.

Upon her appointment as honorary president in the summer, Jade said: "I'm so grateful to be asked to be the Honorary President of South Shields Football Club.

"I'm incredibly proud to come from South Shields and one thing I am most proud of about my hometown is the sense of community and how we love to support each other and see each other do well in all aspects of life, which is something the football club very much embodies. 

"I hope through my role I can raise awareness and increase the club's profile, encouraging others to do the same and support our incredible team.

"I'm looking forward to also being involved with any future projects the club will embark on that coincide with what I am passionate about."

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